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The Rivers School’s Winter Athletics Straight Killing it in the Postseason


Tayra Melendez of The Rivers School ’12, committed to URI

First the Boys Ski Team cleans up at NEPSACs with a  gold. Then the Boys Hockey Team claims its first Eberhart Trophy since ’85. 

Now this weekend, the Girls Hockey Team and both Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are/were up for a championship.

The Girls Hockey Team won a thriller in 6OTs vs. rival Southfield, but then fell short in the semi finals on Saturday.

Now the Boys and Girls Basketball teams are in the finals hoping to give Rivers its 3rd and 4th Winter Championships this year.

A 4 out of 6 championship success rate with scholar athletes is something you don’t find outside of prep school.

Good Luck Rivers!

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The Boss’ 2012 ISL Lax Preseason Predictions

Yes I know the season doesn’t start for another month and a half. Yes I know a few of the schools in the video do not belong to the ISL, but they are still prep schools (one difference is the ISL doesn’t allow PGs).

Here’s my two cents on this season and its ever so often twists and turns…

1. Governor’s 15-1 – Repeat as champs offensive firepower led by UNC, Penn St., Villanova, and NESCAC commits

2. Rivers 14-2 – Upset Gov’s, but lose a couple heart-breakers. Led by Loyola, Army, UVM, NESCAC and other D3 commits

3. St. Sebastian’s 13-3 – Win with athleticism and lose the ones that count. Led by ND and other commits.

4. Middlesex 13-3 – Will be a sleeper this year. Expected to be a rebuilding year, but gained key transfers.

5. Belmont Hill 11-5 – Very athletic and many D3 players. Will beat everyone they’re expected to, but won’t upset.

6. Thayer 10-6 – Solid team all around. Outstanding underclassman goaltender.

7. Roxbury Latin 10-6 – Two D1 caliber poles. One committed to Hopkins. Will give everyone a run for their money.

8. Nobles 8-8 – Young team with lack of experience. Will see success rebuilding.

9. Groton 7-9 – Led by Princeton commit among a team of gritty players. 

10. Milton 6-10 – Lose a huge senior class and terrific goalie. Still manage to pull out a few wins.

11. St. Paul’s 5-11 – A team who is always looking to take a win from you. Be wary of lethargy after the long ride up to NH.

12. B.B.N. 4-12 – Young team looking to improve from last year.

13. St. George’s 3-13 – Take stabs at lower ranked teams and lose by a lot to everyone else.

14. Brooks 2-14 – Only finds success over a few teams.

15. St. Mark’s 1-15 – Not too much recruiting or skill to work with at such a small school.

16. Lawrence Academy 0-16 – Haven’t seen much success in the last decade. Not much for them to build on.

Feel free to comment with your arguments/agreements about the upcoming season. If you are interested in putting together a write up for your prep league, shoot me an email.

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Belmont Hill & Nobles prep hockey rivals now stars at Princeton

From Boston.com/Marvin Pave


Mike Condon and Derrick Pallis are best of friends now, Princeton University teammates focused on trying to keep the puck out of the net for the men’s hockey squad.

Condon, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior goalie from Needham, shares time in goal with sophomore Sean Bonar.

A 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior defenseman from Medfield, Pallis anchors the blue line for the Tigers.

The two were rivals in the Independent School League, with Condon tending goal for Belmont Hill School while Pallis suited up for Noble & Greenough School in Dedham. They went head-to-head four times, with Belmont Hill winning three, according to Condon.

“We’re always chirping at each other, sometimes about our private school days, but in a respectful way,’’ said Condon, who helped Princeton complete a 1-0-1 weekend with 27 saves in a 3-3 tie against ninth-ranked Cornell last Saturday night.

Nobles and Belmont Hill represent some of New England’s  prep school hockey at it’s finest. Lots of players from both schools have gone on to play DI or DIII college hockey, and there are a few NHL players or alumni from both schools.

This would be more of a story of it were Nobles and Milton grads, but it’s a good story anyways. Nobles’ biggest rival is Milton, and not Belmont Hill. St. Seb’s hates Belmont Hill. In fact, when I toured St. Seb’s, they told me that it was a requirement that you do your best to beat Belmont Hill whenever possible.

Nobles v. Belmont Hill would make a pretty good Frozen Fenway matchup. Both teams are battling to get up in the standings in the Keller division of the ISL. A lot of people thought that Nobles would be better this year, but they lost a few really good players to graduation and to juniors. 

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Filmed @ Governor’s Academy, here is the Crooked Arrows movie teaser trailer

Here’s the official teaser trailer for the first ever major movie (to my knowledge) to be solely based on the sport of lacrosse. Based on this trailer, it much more athletically represents lacrosse than the MTV show Teen Wolf. To top it all off, most of the movie was filmed at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA.

Fun fact – The Governor’s Academy has won 5 ISL championships in the past 6 years.

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And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

…Brian Boyle of St. Sebastian’s of the Independent School League. Boyle graduated from St. Seb’s and went on to play for coach Jerry York at Boston College. While at BC, Boyle helped the Eagles to defeat rivals BU for the Beanpot Championship in 2004. Boyle was not a part of a national championship team while at BC, losing to Wisconsin in the finals in 2006.

Boyle stands 6′ 7″ and now plays in the NHL for the NY Rangers. Check him out on the HBO series 24/7 every Wednesday night. The show features the Rangers and the Flyers, who will be facing off on New Years Day in the annual Winter Classic.

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ISL Football Updates

A couple of weeks ago we posted the Herald’s Super 7.  Here are the current standings and records (According to Maxpreps) for the ISL (listed in red.)


1. BB&N — Belmont Hill (2-0)

2. Belmont Hill — Milton Academy (2-0)

3. St. Paul’s — Groton School (2-0)

4. St. Sebastian’s — Roxbury Latin (2-0)

5. Rivers — Governor’s Academy (2-0)

6. Groton — Lawrence Academy (1-1)

7. Roxbury Latin — Middlesex (1-1)

Editor’s Bias: This year it’s all Groton.

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Shaquor Sandiford-The Rivers School

The Redwings have their first game tomorrow up at St. Paul’s in NH. Shaq finished his junior year with 1154 passing yards, 14 passing tds, and 5 rushing tds, as well as 1st team All-ISL. After helping lead Rivers to an undefeated season and ISL title last year as a junior, how far can Shaq carry the team in his senior season?

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